Sandra Branham’s Watermelon Work is Kind of a Big Deal for Seed Companies

On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018,  we sit down with United States Department of Agriculture postdoctoral research scientist Sandra Branham to talk about her work, why seed...
wheat

Protect Wheat Yields

As farmers nail down their winter wheat seed purchase, they’ll also need to determine if and what seed treatment should be included. Cereals are a very diverse crop and the...

The Indians of the Ecuadorian Amazon Were Using Cocoa 5,300 Years Ago

Traces of cocoa dating back 5300 years have been found in ancient pots in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This is the oldest proof of cocoa use ever found. It predates...

Study Reveals Best Use of Wildflowers to Benefit Crops on Farms

With bee pollinators in decline and pesky crop pests lowering yields, sustainable and organic farmers need environmentally friendly solutions. One strategy is to border crops with wildflower plantings to attract...

Fertilizers’ Impact On Soil Health Compared

In a newly published study, researchers dug into how fertilizing with manure affects soil quality, compared with inorganic fertilizer. Ekrem Ozlu of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his team studied...

Researching to Infinity and Beyond

With endless knowledge just a click away, how can we engage students to get excited about making their own discoveries? What’s better than growing plants on Earth? Here’s a hint:...

Liz Prenger Found it Hard to Leave the Farm, so she Became a Plant...

Liz Prenger is a 2018 Borlaug Scholar and master’s student studying soybean breeding and genetics at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the genetics and improvement of...

Tavin Schneider on how we can Bring More Innovation to the Wheat Sphere

Tavin Schneider is an undergraduate at Montana State University, studying plant sciences with a minor in genetics. After graduation in December 2018, she intends to enter a master’s program...

Adam Bolton has Great Career Advice — and a Firm Opinion on Ranch Dressing

Adam Bolton is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He studies the physiology and genetics of salt and...

Andrew Herr on why Faith and Science are not at Odds

Andrew Herr is an undergraduate from Iowa State University majoring in agronomy. He is currently conducting undergraduate research that uses image analysis to extract corn root phenotypes for use in...

Austin Dobbels’ Tips for Flying Drones

Borlaug Scholar Austin Dobbels is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota. He is studying how unmanned aerial vehicles can be...

Spinach Vying to be King of the Leafy Greens

New genomic information may lead to improvements for a traditional health food. At trendy salad bars, spinach vies with kale as king of the leafy greens. Long regarded as a...

Here’s why Kevin Falk Thinks Plant Breeders Should put Their Relationships First

We sat down today with Iowa State University plant breeder and 2018 Borlaug Scholar Kevin Falk at the National Association of Plant Breeders 2018 meeting in Guelph, Ontario, Canada....
nanotechnology

New Seed Treatment Technology to Make Waves

Some of the biggest benefits may come from the smallest of technologies. There is a certain technology that’s smaller than bacteria, but bigger than a water molecule. It can have...

UPOV PRISMA Helps Breeders Make Varieties More Widely Available

UPOV PRISMA is the new online PBR application tool. Let’s say you just created a wonderful new variety after 10 years of crossing and selection, and now you want to...
emergence

Plant Establishment in Canola

The Canola Research Hub at canolaresearch.ca has a user-interactive research database. This article is based on the query “What are some of the factors that impact canola emergence?” with...
vegetable

These Two Guides are Designed to Help You Better Manage Vegetable Seed Quality

Helping seed companies better manage vegetable seed quality is top-of-mind for the International Seed Federation (ISF). One year ago, the ISF unveiled a new guide to good seed production...
cacao

Collaborations Work to Raise the Box

Public and private entities come together to improve the production of cacao. For some, it’s the language of love during Valentine’s Day and accompanies a bouquet of red roses. For...
NIFA

NIFA Lays Out Vision for Future Plant Breeding

Technology will be key to improving crops more quickly to feed a growing world. It’s no secret that a rapidly growing population that may reach nearly 10 billion people by...
oil

Is the Next Oil War Imminent?

Demand for canola oil has skyrocketed with the introduction of high oleic varieties some years ago, but will high oleic soybeans give it a run for its money? The canola...